A number of East Enders joined Saturday Night Live on Sunday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic late-night program, including former cast members and favorite past guest hosts and musicians.
“This is a show that’s inspired generations of comedians around the world,” Fallon remarked, before they went into a song and dance number including some of SNL’s most famous skits, catch phrases and recurring bits.
Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin, who hold the record for most turns hosting SNL, with 16, joined his 30 Rock costar Tina Fey to pay tribute to Tracy Morgan, who was severely injured last year in a motor vehicle crash.
Baldwin reprised his Tony Bennett impression for “Celebrity Jeopardy” with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.
Baldwin also joined Sir Paul McCartney—also of Amagansett—Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Miley Cyrus and Billy Crystal, to debate what kind of person makes the best SNL host: comedians, actors, musicians, etc.
McCartney and Montauk’s Paul Simon got out their guitars for a bit of “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”
“From comedians, to actors, to Alec, the most important thing is we have been a part of this amazing institution,” Martin said.
McCartney returned to the stage later to perform “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Simon performed “Still Crazy After All These Years.”
East Hampton’s Jerry Seinfeld took part in the audience Q&A segment.
Colin Quinn, who will be doing a show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on February 28, joined fellow past “Weekend Update” anchors Norm McDonald, Kevin Nealon, and Seth Meyers on stage
Among the many celebrity guests in the audience was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, of Water Mill, who hosted SNL in 1997.
Louis C.K., who recently became a Shelter Island homeowner, delivered a monologue.
Hamptons visitor Adam Sandler reprised his character Opera Man, and visitor Bradley Cooper appeared in the “Californians” sketch and made out with Betty White.
Watch the special on nbc.com.